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Saturday 12 July 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow talks marriage dynamic

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow says her new healthy eating routine has "directly" impacted her marriage to Chris Martin.

The Hollywood actress and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin tied the knot nearly ten years ago and the pair have children Apple and Moses together.

Gwyneth is famed for her healthy lifestyle and recently changed her diet to a low-carb, gluten-free version.

The 40-year-old beauty's new eating plan has directly impacted her marriage.

"You feel lighter and your emotions get smoother. I also was run-down because I had a lot of unexpressed anger. I made everyone else's feelings more important than my own. I'd suck it up and then be alone in my car yelling at traffic or fighting with hangers in my closet when they got stuck together," she told the April edition of SELF magazine.

"You're not learning anything unless you're having the difficult conversations. Dealing with things directly changed my relationships. Sometimes when you get clear about who you are, others get less comfortable because they liked who you were. It's changed my marriage too, but he's up for the challenge."

Gwyneth didn't realise the effect her diet was having on her body and mental state until "a couple of years ago".

The star has since learnt how to make things more manageable.

"I had to sing at awards shows, which was fun but stressful. I'd have a Guinness and a beta-blocker every time. I also was constantly getting on airplanes, trying to knock myself out with sleeping pills and wine, waking up, trying to sweat it out with exercise and a steam, and then working really hard all day. Eventually, I had a panic attack," she said.

"My body was like, 'What is happening?'"

Gwyneth's doctor advised her to cut out "dairy, sugar, gluten, anything processed". She sticks to the diet two or three times a year "for three weeks at a time".

"Past that, I'm not willing to make the sacrifice. Life is about balance," she continued.

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